Breakdown or Breakthrough

A 5 PART SERIES ABOUT BIRTH, physician POSTNATAL BREAKDOWN AND THE FIRST 18 MONTHS OF LIFE for the NSPCC “ALL BABIES COUNT” CAMPAIGN

Becoming pregnant, stuff giving birth, cialis and having a baby is a major and irreversible life event. This complex change is often managed well – with enough help. But, for many parents, it can be a frightening and tumultuous time of great instability.

Research suggests that up to 20% of parents become emotionally unwell during the perinatal period. This can easily affect the baby’s emotional, neurological and cognitive development.

Yet, the time of birth and babyhood is a time of great potential change for parents, and research shows that the first years of life profoundly influence the foundations for good mental health.

Led by Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist, Dr Amanda Jones, “BREAKDOWN OR BREAKTHROUGH” is a series of 5 films exploring the complexities of the perinatal period, from conception through to when the baby is 18 months old.

The films move from personal stories of intense postnatal breakdown, through the challenges of working with vulnerable families, to cutting edge neuroscientific research on the long term effects of neglect and emotional abuse.

The series is aimed at professionals who come into contact with parents and babies, to manage their own responsibility in these complex situations and better help families on the edge.